Nurse Aide Training Programs in Pennsylvania

What is meant by the term on-the-job CNA training? By law, CNA training programs in Pennsylvania must contain both classroom and a clinical components. The classroom instruction is made up of lectures, laboratory experiences, videos, and simulations which prepare the nursing assistant trainee for interacting with clients. On-the-job certified nursing assistant training takes place during clinical time, when students practice and learn to provide basic care to actual residents.

While classroom instruction is necessary to understand the nursing concepts needed to perform a CNA job, the hands-on clinical experiences are just as essential in ensuring that care taking skills are practiced and perfected. During clinical practice a nurse aide trainee gains confidence and becomes comfortable with the typical CNA tasks and duties. All state-approved nurse aide classes in Pennsylvania provide a minimum of thirty-seven (37) hours of hands-on, clinical experiences, also known as on-the-job training. Some people confuse on-the-job training hours with orientation hours. Orientation takes place once a nurse aide becomes certified and accepts a job offer, while clinical hours are part of the actual CNA training program, prior to becoming a certified nurse aide.

CNA Classes in Montgomery County

Retirement Life Community - Ambler
812 Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

Antonelli "100" CNA Training Program - Pottstown
1700 Industrial Highway, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Dock Woods Community Inc. - Lansdale
275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA 19446

N. Montco Technical Career Center CNA Program - Lansdale
1265 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446

Parkhouse, Providence - Royersford
1600 Black Rock Road, Royersford, PA 19468

Penn Asian Vocational Nurse Aide Program - Jenkintown
420 Old York Road, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046

Peter Becker Community C.N.A. Class - Harleysville
800 Maple Ave., Harleysville, PA 19438

Pottstown Senior High School Nurse Aide Program
600 North Washington Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Princeton Information - Glenside
137 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038

Professional Healthcare Nurse Aide Course - Melrose Park
1333 Cheltenham Ave., Melrose Park, Pennsylvania 19027

Regina Nursing Center CNA Program - Norristown
550 East Fornance Street, Norristown, PA 19401

Western Center Technical Studies CNA Course - Limerick
77 Gratersford Road, Limerick, Pennsylvania 19468

Nursing Assistant Training Programs in Northampton County

Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School
3300 Chester Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18020

Easton Nursing Center CNA Training Course
498 Washington Street, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042

Northampton County Home Nurse Assistant Program - Nazareth
Gracedale Ave., Nazareth, PA 18064

Northampton Community College Nurse Aide Training Program - Bethlehem
3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017

CNA Training Courses in Northumberland County

Kramm Healthcare Nurse Aide Training Course - Milton
743 Mahoning Street, Milton, PA 17847

CNA Schools in Philadelphia County

Albert Einstein Healthcare - Philadelphia
5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141

Alpha Education Center Nurse Aide Training - Philadelphia
100 East Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19120

American Red Cross, S. East Chapter - Philadelphia
2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

American Center for Technology CNA Course - Philadelphia
2375 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Cathedral Village School Nursing Assistant Program - Philadelphia
600 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128

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Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Name: Efrain G. Date posted: August 08, 2013 - 06:15 AM
Message: I would like to enroll in a nursing assistant class close to Philadelphia, PA.

Name: Admin Date posted: August 09, 2013 - 10:26 PM
Message: There are several CNA schools and licensed long-term care facilities approved to offer nurse aide training courses in Philadelphia. You can find them by following this link: CNA programs in Philadelphia.

C. Adams on November 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Is it possible to enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

Admin on November 8, 2014 at 05:34 PM
There are no federal regulations stating that individuals are required to have a high school diploma prior to attending nurse aide classes but some states such as Florida require a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to testing if you are under 18 years old and have not attended a training program. A program coordinator at the school or nursing facility which is offering CNA training classes may tell you if a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required in order to enroll in the nurse aide program. Some facilities do not require a diploma as long as you have completed a 10th grade high school education. In the state of Texas a high school diploma or a GED is not necessary in order to attend and complete a nursing assistant program.

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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